The Great Indian Election and 7 Other Tourism Trends This Week

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A crowded market in Mumbai, India. Adam Cohn / Flickr

Skift Take: This week in tourism, an Indian travel agency hopes to kick off a trend of election tourism, travel manager Zina Bencheikh discusses the challenges women face when working as tour guides, and the flurry of excitement over Southwest’s cheap Hawaii airfares is starting to change the face of tourism on the islands.

— Isaac Carey

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Trump Sanctions Give Iran’s Qeshm Island a Big Tourism Lift

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Zeyton Beach in Iran’s Qeshm island is shown in this photo from October 2016. The island is getting a boost in domestic tourism after sanctions made it more expensive for people to leave the country. daniyal62 / Flickr

Skift Take: One destination in Iran is finding its business booming after President Donald Trump reimposed U.S. sanctions on the country. The reason: It’s too expensive now for many citizens to vacation elsewhere.

— Hannah Sampson

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Europe Can Do More to Reduce Single-Use Plastics

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Plastic on a beach in Rekvik, Troms Fylke, Norway on August 20, 2012. The EU is moving to reduce some single-use plastics. Bo Eide / Flickr

Skift Take: Yes, more can be done to reduce single-use plastics, but consumer behaviors die hard. Travelers in particular lean heavily on plastics in hotels, on airplanes, and on cruise ships, and it will take more dialog to convince them they can do without.

— Sarah Enelow-Snyder

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Disney Gets Tough on Strollers and Smokers to Prep for Star Wars Crowds

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Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is shown in this photo from April of 2016. Disney announced Thursday that it is restricting stroller sizes and banning smoking in parks starting May 1. spablab / Flickr

Skift Take: Disney is clearly awaiting a flood of visitors in the coming months, and high prices alone won’t keep crowds in check. Now in-park smoking areas and extra-large strollers have to go.

— Hannah Sampson

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